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Work for Yourself at 50+


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Work for Yourself@50+ program is designed to enable older adults 50+ to pursue self-employment by connecting them with trustworthy resources such as MERIT (MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives, and Training) to assess opportunities, build skills, and connect with other resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves.

AARP Foundation has awarded a grant to MERIT to conduct Work for Yourself@50+℠ workshops in several mid-Willamette Valley cities. The workshops help low-income adults 50 and older understand the pros and cons of self-employment and support them through the early steps that can lead to success.

MERIT offers comprehensive educational and support programs to help an individual develop their business idea, execute their plan, and manage the business once it has started through a combination of training, one-on-one support, and assistance with accessing critical resources like capital. Programs are offered within Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties.

For more information contact Sandi at sandi@meritnw.org or (503) 584-7314